30 January 2012

Use Your Imagination!

From the time of birth to our childhood, we have to develop a perception of things that exist even if we do not see them. If we were unable to learn this we would not be able to function in the world around us. Our imagination is a fascinating thing, it allows us to perceive things even though we cannot see, hear, taste, touch or feel them.
In chapter three of Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, he writes about how comics allow us to open our minds, by simply having spaces between the panels. By doing this, the reader can (and should) assume what has happened between the scenes. Like most readers, when I see two different pictures that are somewhat relevant, I find myself more curious on what went on. Each reader can interpret the story differently. This simple idea allows many readers to use their imaginations instead of just reading tediously.
According to McCloud there are six different types of transitions between panels. the first type is a "moment to moment" transition. For this type of transition the reader has to use little imagination, because it is as simple as showing a person blink. I think this type of transition would entail a very boring story, due to the lack of imagination involved. The second type of transition is "action to action". This also does not require the reader to use very much imagination because it gives a play by play of what happened in the sequence. In my opinion i see this type of transition as one that would be used in children's comics. The third type of transition is "subject to subject". This type of transition is really cool. It shows two different images that stay within the same scene or idea, but they allow the reader to use their imagination and become more involved in the story. I think this is a good idea, because each reader can interpret the story differently, and the meaning could be different for each individual. The fourth type of transition is called "sense to scene". This type of transition also shows two different images within the same idea, but this one takes the reader over a significant amount of time or space. This makes the reader have to use more imagination because there is more time in between the images, that the reader can imagine so many different things. The fifth type of transition is "aspect to aspect". This one can shows two different images and the ideas of the images are different. To be honest I don't understand how this works, in the sense that the reader could explore their imagination if the pictures don't make sense? The last type of transition is "non-sequential". This means that the two images have basically nothing to do with one another. I think that the reader would have to have a big imagination for this one to see what the story was about.
I'm with McCloud on the idea that comics open our imagination beyond what we ever thought they could, and that all we need is to have a little bit of faith. Because after all, even if we can't see something it doesn't mean that it doesn't exist ;).

1 comment:

  1. You're mixing your opinion with the summary!!! Don't do that ;-)

    And watch the "i"s :-/